by Nikki Grimes
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Masquerade, is the story of Mr. Ward's high school English classroom
Bronx. His students are in the midst
of a poetry lesson on the
when a student inspired by
asks to share a poem that he has written.
The poem is so popular, that another student volunteers to share, and then
another. Soon, the whole class is so involved in their poetry recitations
that Mr. Ward sets Friday's aside for
As the classmates reveal their innermost thoughts and fears, they begin to
find ways to relate to one another.
There are eighteen different students
represented in the book. Each student has a unique voice characterized in a
brief tale of their lives, as well as the sharing of their
poetry. The reader is able to clearly
envision the lives and the concerns of these students, as their unique
personalities are unveiled. These teenagers are dealing with real problems:
relationships, and low self-esteem. The reader is swept away on a
journey with the students as they begin to bond and form lasting friendships
that will help them to survive in the harsh world around them.